Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Meditation: The Wonder Fuel

Do you ever feel like you are running out of energy?  You know what I'm talking about - those days where everyone wants a piece of you.  Everywhere you go, someone needs to ask you a question, or a favour, or tells you to do something.  I've had plenty of these days and they used to drive me crazy.  The kind of crazy where I used to just snap at anyone.  I'd have a certain tolerance level and when it was breached, watch out cause here comes the BOOM!

Fortunately, we live in a universe which is filled with energy, and when I say filled, I  mean it basically is energy.

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." 

Yep, I'm a Star Wars geek. Join me or get over it.

Back to this energetic universe that we live in.  Since it is everywhere, then it is not possible to ever run out.  Oh, we run low, that's for sure.  But just like your car when it runs low on gas, what do you do?  You fill it up of course!  So what's the logical thing to do when you run low on energy?  You fill up on it of course!

I know, I know.  You're gonna say "how the hell do I do thatAnd where do I do that?  I can't just stop in the middle of the work day and "fill up on energy".  You're right, you're right.  I do know what it's like.  So how about this: Instead of filling up when you get low, you start your day by filling up on energy, before all those energy vampires try to bleed you dry?

What's the best way to do that?  In my opinion, there is nothing better than meditation when it comes to refueling. Mediation allows you time ( 15 minutes) to just calm the hell down.  It quiets your mind, regulates your breathing, calms your nerves.  It tells the universe: "I'm filling up on your energy to get me through the day."  The universe is at your command, and will deliver the energy you need.  You just need to allow it, which is where meditation comes in.

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Here's the bad news:  You're gonna have to get up earlier.  Period.  No question, especially if you have a full time job and a family.  You're just gonna have to get up earlier.  Just do it, okay?  Just commit to taking 15 minutes for yourself every morning so that you can fill up with energy, so that you can handle the day's stress with a smile.  You'll not only be doing yourself a favour, but you'll also be doing everyone around you a favour too.  But, do it for yourself.  Want more for yourself.  You deserve it. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Why You Need to Perform Random Acts of Kindness

  "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”—Scott Adams Creator Of Dilbert Comic Strip

Have you ever had someone perform a random act of kindness for you?  Need some examples?

Ever had someone let you jump in front of them in line in the grocery store if you only have a few items?

Ever had someone help you with luggage or a baby carriage up a flight of stairs?

Ever had someone hold a door open for you?

Ever had the person in front of you in the drive-thru pay for your order? (This one is super cool when it happens to you!)

How did these random acts of kindness make you feel?  All 4 of the above examples have happened to me and probably many of you have experienced them too.  Personally, they made me feel lucky, grateful, happy, surprised, and renewed my faith in the kindness of strangers.

Now, have you ever performed a random act of kindness?  If you have, then you know how good it feels to make someone smile, and in all probability, feel the emotions I just listed.  I think there is no better feeling in the world to know that you have helped someone, even if in some small way.  When you perform a random act of kindness, not only does it lift your own spirit, and the recipient of your kindness, but you have also paved the way for more random acts of kindness.

We tend to treat others how they treat us.  Imagine a world where we are all kind to one another?  Yes, I'm probably ripping off John Lennon here, but he was right.

Let's just all be nicer to one another, okay?

That is why, on July 14th I'm joining the Random Acts of Kindness Celebration .  It's my friend's birthday and he wants to celebrate it in style, by inspiring us all to perform just one random act of kindness, and then share it for all to see.  Sign up, and commit to being kind to someone just for one day, and if you like the way it makes you feel, then get greedy with the feeling.  Repeat as often as possible!

If you need more convincing, here's a little inspiration for you: